Putting the Spotlight on Small Metal Age Pottery Scatters in Northern Calabria (Italy)

de Neef, W., Armstrong, K. & van Leusen, P. 22-Jun-2017 In : Journal of Field Archaeology. 42, 4, p. 283-297 15 p.

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This paper presents the results of an in-depth multidisciplinary restudy of small Metal Age surface scatters recorded in earlier fieldwalking surveys in northern Calabria (Italy). Guided by a stratified sampling approach based on site types and topographic positions, high-resolution surface collections at the selected sites were combined with geophysical surveys, test pits, and soil studies to investigate both archaeological deposits and the site formation processes that have an effect on their detectability. This approach is shown to result in a better definition of archaeological ‘sites’, and to help fill in details of regional exploitation and settlement dynamics at the landscape scale. At this broader scale we are also able to model post-depositional processes and slope dynamics affecting the preservation of the archaeological record. With regard to methodology, our study has enabled the evaluation of diverse archaeological detection methods and the fine-tuning of field strategies for the study of Metal Age remains.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-297
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Field Archaeology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 22-Jun-2017


  • interdisciplinary site studies, Landscape archaeology, Italian Metal Ages, site classification, prospection methodology

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